Use Your Body to Wake Up
I am passionate about bringing awareness home to our bodies. Movement is the non-verbal language that we speak as we move through the world, wildly signaling information whether we know it or not. Waking up will ask you to move through the world as yourself, which if you are learning for the first time, I suggest you watch some skateboarders. Skateboarders are a beautiful example of skill and style in motion.
Skills are learned through practice, style is largely learned through imitation and then deduction of what is not. Style is the waking up part. It’s about how much you are in your body when you do your skills. You can have mad skills and be totally asleep in your life. Which is such a waste, because as you cultivate physical prowess you have the opportunity to harness it for good. Waking up is about learning to yoke the energy you are developing to conscious growth.
Waking up in your body is a planetary service. The more that you wake up, the more that you will be able to see what is uniquely yours, what is your job and what is best left to others. When you commit to waking up, it does not inherently make you a better person. It will probably take you to the darkest corners of yourself. But if you continue, you will probably remember that you put a flashlight in your pocket. So you can see that even though you may be standing in the dark, it is not you. You hold the power of vision.
Since I am a self-proclaimed champion of embodied movement, I use my body to wake up. I practice constantly to learn as much as I can from the inside AND the outside. I notice when physical changes occur and try trace them to their origin. Getting as specific as you can about what helps you be present is an essential tool for being more embodied.
Currently, I’m really excited about weightlifting and I’m learning about it at my local CrossFit box. I do not love the cardio, omg hello yogi. I love the challenge of strength and coordination under pressure. Yesterday, I climbed the rope 4 times in 4 minutes and did 8 handstand push ups for the first time. I felt like I won the lottery, and not just for my muscles. I was more patient with my family and more steady on my creative projects.
When you add a context of awareness to movement, the change is subtle but deep. It is no longer just the muscles or the winning that drive you, but the dark blue of the night sky. You start to wake up.
I care about waking up because when we wake up individually, we start to care more for ourselves. When that happens, we can care better for one another, and on and on in widening rings of being.